Call to announce Hela Western Road Link

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By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby

24 hours before Prime Minister Peter O’Neill visits Hela, calls have been made to consider the Hela Western Highway as a missing link.

PDL 10 landowners are urging the prime minister to announce the road project as a high impact project under the petroleum act.

Spokesperson Johnson Limbya says the road will benefit thousands, and Government must build this vital infrastructure for the people.

The road was part of the UBSA signed in Kokopo in 2009.

Mr Limbya highlighted the urgency this road will provide for the people of Hela, Western and the country as a whole. He says the Hela Western Highway is a missing link and must be considered for construction

Libya and the landowner umbrella company have written to various government departments and stakeholders including Exxon, and Oil Search with positive respond. The road is proposed to be built at a cost of K81.7million, but may be higher given the economic difficulties of the country’s challenging economic situation.

The landowners call on Hela and Western Provincial Governments to work together for people to benefit.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and a government delegation are expected to visit Hela today to announce major impact projects for the Province.

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